Comets WIN at Edinburgh to TOP their Group and reach the semi-finals!
Photo by Dave PayneSat 09 Jun 2018
A superb 46-44 victory at Armadale sees the Comets reach the semi-finals of the Championship Shield!
The Comets secured their place in the semi-final stages of the Championship Shield with a dramatic race win from Nicolai Klindt in the re-run of heat 15 of their final group match at Edinburgh last night.
The Comets went to Armadale needing to avoid defeat in order to overhaul Glasgow and top the group, which they did by coming back from a six-point deficit after heat 4 to pull off a 46-44 victory.
The turning point was when Rene and Rasmus raced to a 5-1 in heat 5 to cut the Monarchs lead back to just two points before Nicolai and Mason took a 4-2 in heat 9 to level the scores.
A delighted Comets team manager Tony Jackson said: “That was an incredible result for us at a track where our recent results have been far from good to say the least!
“After failing to beat Glasgow at Derwent Park last Saturday we made it hard for ourselves, but we knew we still had a chance as we have proved that we can do it on the road already this season.
“Everyone pulled together and the team spirit was fantastic throughout, with everyone helping and encouraging each other in what was an excellent match, with no controversy or bad luck for either side, and we just kept plugging away to level the scores at heat 9 before the Monarchs edged ahead in heat 13.
"However, an excellent 5-1 (only the second of the match and both of them for the Comets) in heat 14 from Dan and Mason put us two points in front going into the last heat, which meant that as long as we avoided a Monarchs 5-1 we would top the group and progress to the semi-finals of the competition.
"The first attempt at running heat 15 saw a very tight first corner and Dan hitting the deck, whilst the coming together damaged the shock absorber on Nicolai's front forks. But, with a hoard of mechanics and team-mates helping to repair it before the re-run he then repaid them by leading from tape to flag and secure both the race win and an away victory in a shared heat!
“I am so proud of the team for getting this result against all the odds and to end the group stages unbeaten in our six matches is a superb achievement.”
The Comets must now wait to see who their opponents will be in the two-legged semi-final, which will also feature the winners of the other two groups along with the best ranked second-placed team.
EDINBURGH MONARCHS 44:
Ricky Wells 10+1, Joel Andersson 4+1, Max Ruml 2, Mark Riss 7, Erik Riss 13, Coty Garcia 4, Josh Pickering 4+3.
WORKINGTON COMETS 46:
Rene Bach 6+1, Rasmus Jensen 7+1, Ty Proctor 5+2, Dan Bewley 9, Nicolai Klindt 11, Kyle Bickley 0, Mason Campton 8+1.
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Last Updated : Sat 09 Jun 2018, 09:31 UK